One step at a time, Gibbs on England aspirations
KIERAN GIBBS admitted he would not deserve a place in the World Cup squad without gaining further experience in Arsenal’s first team.
The left-back is pressurising the place of Gaël Clichy at Arsenal and is also in Fabio Capello’s thoughts after excellent performances in the Carling Cup and the European Under-21 Championships.
His manager, Arsene Wenger, has said he is ready for an international call-up, but Gibbs is aware that Capello rarely picks any player for England unless he is playing regular club football.
That leaves Ashley Cole as the first-choice left-back and Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge as understudy. The place of Bridge, though, could come under threat if Gibbs gets more chances with Arsenal.
“I don’t deserve to get a World Cup call because I’ve nowhere near the experience that a lot of the players do, and I’ve a great deal to prove yet.” said Gibbs. “I… still have a lot of work to do to earn a place – I don’t want to be called up because of someone else’s disappointment, I want to be selected because I’m deserving of it.” – The Telegraph
THINKING AHEAD: Kieran Gibbs